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Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 9, 2010
From journal The Heart of the Harbour: Sydney Cove & Darling Harbour
London, United Kingdom
October 30, 2009
From journal Things to See in Sydney
August 15, 2006
You've seen the harbour bridge in pictures, you may have taken the train or driven across it, but now it is time to climb it!
Bridge Climb offers tourists a chance to climb over 1400 steps to the "summit" (as they call it) of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Operating daily from dawn until night, they have climbs occurring every 10 minutes. Prices start around AUD$150 for weekday climbs, AUD$180 for weekend climbs, and significantly more for the dawn and dusk climbs each day. Reservations for a climb are not required, but if you are trying to fit it in with other activities in Sydney, I would recommend making them.
The experience starts when you are breathalyzed to ensure you are not intoxicated! Then its off to get your bridge climbing suit and other equipment. After suiting up, you will go through a bit of practice on a scaffold in the Bridge Climb building before heading off to the real climb.
The climb itself is amazing - you see great vistas in all directions and have perfect views of the Opera House as well as the Western side of Sydney. The guides will give local information on the way up, and provide information about the construction of the bridge on the way down. When you reach the time, they will also take some photographs - luckily, each participant receives a free copy of the 5 x 7 group photo. Other photos will cost about AUD$14 each. Also know that you CANNOT bring your own camera on to the bridge - so either take excellent mental photographs or be prepared to dish out some cash at the end!
The experience lasts about 3.5 hours from start to finish. The time on the bridge is probably about 2.25 to 2.5 hours. I don't think I would do bridge climb again because, especially at this price, it is a "one off" activity. I've done it, but I don't need to do it again. I would, however, recommend it for anyone who has the extra money while in Sydney. It was an experience I will never forget, and it provided views I will always remember.
From journal A Semester Down Under
August 7, 2006
First me and my group, around 10 to 12 people, were herded into a small room where we had to sign our lives away and given a breathalyzer test. We were instructed to empty all pockets and to remove jewelry. We were escorted into the changing room where we put the jumpsuit on over our regular clothes. The jumpsuits zip all the way up to your neck and there’s elastic on the sleeves and legs. Finally you pass through a metal detector before you are turned over to your climb guide. Ours was Sasha, who showed us how to put our tether belt on. This belt would keep us connected to the bridge at all times.
Rain was in the forecast so we attached hats, a rain jacket and a fleece jacket to our belts. The jackets were sewn into packs, like parachutes. From here we did a practice climb on a replica of the bridge ladders. Finally we were given our military-issue headphones. Then we went to the start of the climb and tethered ourselves. Once tethered, we couldn’t change places.
First we had to walk to the southeast tower, where the ladders were that would take us up. From the tower we had to snake through some narrow passages before we approached the ladders. We had to climb 4 ladders and I told myself I wouldn’t have to do my workout today. We were now on the stop arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Walking up the arch was like walking up stairs; very gradual with hand rails on both sides. Perfectly safe. This was also our first glimpse of the city and the Sydney Opera House. Sasha began pointing out the landmarks and explaining what many of the things we saw were, not just the opera house, but the ferry terminal and several small islands (former penal colonies) in the harbor. We stopped many places along the arch so Sasha could take digital photos. We were not allowed to bring cameras, just another thing to drop on the traffic below, so Sasha took all photos. Soon we were near the top and we could see the climbing group ahead of us and the one coming behind us. The bridge was crowded!At the top, we crossed the middle girder that marked the highest point on the climb (134m / 440ft).
Now we were on the west side arch and made our way down. We had now arrived at the second set of ladders that will take us back under the bridge where we started. From here we detached from the tether and were able to walk freely back into the Bridge Climb building were we cleaned up our headphones, turned in our gear and received our free climb certificate.
From journal Far Side of the World, Part I
May 4, 2006
From journal Sydney: Worth All the Fuss
May 1, 2006
From journal The watery city of Sydney - Gleaming, Glittering and Gigantic
Cary, North Carolina
January 19, 2006
From journal Sydney - Where Music and Fireworks Float
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
April 3, 2005
The climb itself is a lot less strenuous than I thought it would be. The only hard part was the straight-up and -down ladders. The bridge itself has such a gradual rise, you barely notice that you are climbing. Also, because of the many photo opportunities along the way, you have plenty of time to catch your breath along the way.
You have headphones on the whole time, and the guide speaks to you through these. On our particular tour, we had a woman who has deaf. The guide was very understanding and allowed time for her husband to sign to her.
The views were spectacular, and I have a great picture of my husband and I with the Sydney Opera House in the background. You get one complimentary group photo with your climb price. The price itself is a bit steep. It was close to $200 per person in Australian dollars, but when will you ever get the chance to climb on a bridge again… unless that is your job.
From journal December in Sydney
February 21, 2005
From journal My Year Out